Pienaar in line for CAF prize

2010-09-27 12:56

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar has been selected as one of the nominees for CAF's Player of the Year award.

The Everton midfielder, who has recently been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, has been in impressive form for both club and country and was one of 17 players shortlisted for the gong.

Players from Ghana and Ivory Coast dominate the nominees with four representatives from each country vying for the prestigious award.

Three-time winner Didier Drogba and former winners Samuel Eto'o and Michael Essien are in the running again, despite Essien missing much of last season through injury.

Egypt, surprisingly, only have Mohamed Zidan on the shortlist despite winning the African Cup of Nations.


Steven Pienaar (Everton/South Africa)

Madjid Bougherra (Rangers/Algeria)

Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan/Cameroon)

Kolo Habib Touré (Manchester City/Ivory Coast)

Didier Drogba (Chelsea/Ivory Coast)

Solomon Kalou (Chelsea/Ivory Coast)

Gervinho (Lille/Ivory Coast)

Mohamed Zidan (Dortmund/Egypt)

Michael Essien (Chelsea/Ghana)

Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland/Ghana)

Asamoah Kwadwo (Udinese/Ghana)

Prince Boateng (Milan AC/Ghana)

Frédéric Kanouté (FC Sévilla/Mali)

Seydou Keita (FC Barcelona/Mali)

Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal/Morocco)

Victor Nsofor Obinna (Inter Milan, on loan to West Ham/Nigeria)

Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City/Togo)


  • tshepiso - 2010-09-27 13:25

    i dont understand CAF. They only seem to select players playing in Europe hence we have only one player from Egypt ,Mohamed Zidan who plays for Dortmund in Germany. You can never be selected for European player of the year if you do not play in Europe. I think CAF needs to revisit this if we are to develop soccer on the continent. i feel this award must only be for players plying their trade on the continent, since all our European based players are considered for the European awards.

  • Jimmy Jumpj - 2010-09-27 13:28

    Drobga in his own class

  • Mzukisi - 2010-09-27 13:41

    wow schillo that's great.

  • Garnett - 2010-09-27 13:48

    This is shocking!!! Clear bias being shown to North and Western African countries. Yes Essien is a great player but the man was injured for much of the year under review. Kalou, Adebayor, Obinna are bench warmers and do not deserve to be shortlisted. My list will be a trimmed down 5 with the following players : Pienaar, Zidan, Drogba, Eto-o and Gyan. The rest had average seasons and do not deserve to be on the list.

  • Roger - 2010-09-27 13:49

    A long time coming/overdue. Thoroughly deserved! A model sportsman.

  • Proudly - 2010-09-27 14:04

    @ tshepiso i couldn't have said better my broer you are so hundreds, these guys spend most of their time overseas,CAF really needs to recognise our own rite here!

  • MBK - 2010-09-27 14:39

    I totally agree with you Garnett

  • fidel - 2010-09-27 14:47

    Drogba is a two time winner not three.Etoo is a three time winner and should have won last year.Who cares about this African nonsense? they cheat in everything and should go screw themselves.

  • mbodla - 2010-09-27 14:51

    Tshepiso has hit the nail on the head. It really is confusing as to how can African Player of Year be plying his trade in Europe. It would appear to me as though we are only promoting European Leagues at the expense of our African Leagues. This is hogawash. Issa Hayatou is still serving his European Masters and Handlers, hence we have this mess. An African Player must be plying his trade in Africa and nowhere else. George Weah won both the European and World Player of the Year reagrdless of him being African but because he plays in Europe and therefore rightfully recognition in the League and continent where he played!!!

  • John - 2010-09-27 15:06

    Agree about bias. Also however would not include Pienaar. He attempted to pull a Ronaldo at the WC by falling over whenever touched and then sulked his way through every game when the ref ignored him.

  • Riyaad - 2010-09-27 16:11

    I think Pienaar deserve it.... He carried Everton and Bafana, all players goes through a rough patch @ some stage, the EPL carried on until april.... the GUY was tired give him a break, but he really deserve it.

  • pedro - 2010-09-28 13:57

    I think this list is laughable... The bottom line is that so many players are there based on past reputations...or a half decent world cup... This award should be a "player of the year" prize... A few examples... Pienaar scored 4 goals for the Toffees a few more assists and didnt take SA out of their group. Boateng was relegated with Portsmouth and as good as his WC was, it was Gyan that was the star. Gyan was average for Rennes and a player shouldnt get an annual award for 3 good weeks of football. Eto'o and Drogba are embarrisingly ahead of everyone else... Just because someone plays for a big Euro club, doesnt make them any better...Kolo Toure is toilet, just like Kalou, and as epic as Essien is, he was on the treatment table last year... Owen Hargreaves for World player of the year!!!!!...

  • senior - 2010-09-29 09:16

    tshepiso, u r 100% spot on. if u r european and play in south america, africa, asia or anywhere not europe, you will never be considered for the european awards. the awards are open to all players from where ever, be it from brazil, argentina, mexico, africa, europe itself as long as they are playing in europian leagues. i think CAF is confused here. they should be looking only at the african leagues. i do not have a problem with say rooney being named african footballer of the year, provided he is playing in one of the african leagues. it concerns me when the award is given to the essiens, drogbas, piennars, kalous etc. we need to develop soccer on the continent.

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